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Originally published Friday, March 29, 2013 at 7:55 PM

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Ex-water-district worker accused of embezzling

The former office manager of the Lake Forest Park Water District has been indicted on a charge of embezzling more than $350,000 in the seven years she worked at the small water district.

Seattle Times staff reporter

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The former office manager of the Lake Forest Park Water District has been indicted on a charge of embezzling more than $350,000 in the seven years she worked at the small water district.

The arraignment Friday of Jackee Bormann-Zweekhorst, 40, ends a yearlong drama at the tiny water district, which has since hired an outside bookkeeper to handle its expenses and tightened financial controls.

The water district serves about 900 customers in North King County, with an annual budget of about $600,000.

Bormann-Zweekhorst was one of two employees at the water district between 2004 and 2011, when she used a variety of schemes to siphon away water-district money, according to the office of U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan.

Bormann-Zweekhorst’s schemes were detailed in a state audit last month.

According to the federal indictment, she used the water-district credit card for personal expenses, including college tuition for her child, hot-tub parts and service, boating and automotive equipment, and fishing gear.

She also allegedly falsified time cards, billing the water district for more than $100,000 in wages for work she said was done by her three children.

In addition, she put in for about $70,000 in reimbursement for things she either did not buy, or bought for personal use.

The expenses were approved by a three-member commission, and submitted to King County.

State auditors noticed a whited-out receipt during a routine review, kicking off a larger investigation.

Since then, the entire board of commissioners has been replaced, and one of the members is a designated treasurer.

Bormann-Zweekhorst is accused of 15 counts of wire fraud, which is punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Emily Heffter: 206-464-8246 or eheffter@seattletimes.com. On Twitter: @EmilyHeffter

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